The Benefits of a Pet for Seniors with Alzheimer's

Companions in Your Home

Do you have a dog, cat, fish or bird? Are they your companion day to day and always by your side? What if you had to move to a senior home and forced to leave your beloved pet behind? With Seniors Helping Seniors, you don’t have to! We provide caregivers who not only help with your personal needs but will also assist with taking care of your pet. The best part, it is an in-home senior care service so your caregiver, you and your pet stay happy and comfortable in your own home.

Pets offer companionship, emotional support, and health benefits ranging from lower rates of depression to reduced anxiety.

Pet Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease

For people living with Alzheimer’s, spending time with animals has been shown to soothe anxiety, as well as decrease pacing and confusion. Some memory care experts say pet therapy can be one of the best ways to manage Alzheimer’s Disease.

Pets are able to communicate with people who have Alzheimer’s disease on a nonverbal level. Gently stroking a pet’s fur can have a calming effect and building a relationship with a pet helps people with memory loss feel connected when verbal skills are lost.

Bird aviaries are a common sight in memory care programs. People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are often captivated by birds for long periods of time. The peacefulness of watching birds build their nests and fly helps ease anxiety and restlessness.

Even a fish can offer health benefits for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. For example, a common challenge caregivers face as their loved one’s disease progresses is helping them to sit still and eat. This contributes to unhealthy weight loss. In a study, a brightly colored aquarium was placed in the dining room with people who had Alzheimer’s. They found that the fish kept the participants’ attention, which helped them relax, stay seated, and eat more of their food.

Keep your longtime fur companion with you through this challenging stage of life. Our caregivers will add additional companionship on a verbal and physical level that your pet may not be able to assist with. Call Seniors Helping Seniors North Orlando to learn more about our caregiver program and how you can stay in your home with your furry friend.